History Recap / TheSimpsonsS1E4TheresNoDisgraceLikeHome

21st Feb '18 10:48:24 AM JessyS
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Homer's most popular characterization as a crude, clumsy, lazy, ignorant man, with alcoholic tendencies, makes this an ''extremely'' odd episode to watch, especially for those who have ''never'' seen the show in its early days. He is embarrassed by his family's boorish behavior, including Marge getting drunk at his boss's party, and takes them to family therapy. If this was written after the first season, the roles would undoubtedly be reversed. Adding to this, ''Homer sells the TV'' in order to pay for the therapy; again, something he'd never even ''contemplate'' doing post-season one. While Homer is somewhat called out on it later that episode, since most of the things he was ashamed of them doing were ''his'' fault in the first place, he shows a lot more devotion to his family here than in later seasons.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Homer's most popular characterization as a crude, clumsy, lazy, ignorant man, with alcoholic tendencies, makes this an ''extremely'' odd episode to watch, especially for those who have ''never'' seen the show in its early days. He is embarrassed by his family's boorish behavior, including Marge getting drunk at his boss's party, and takes them to family therapy. If this was written after the first season, the roles would undoubtedly be reversed. Adding to this, ''Homer sells the TV'' in order to pay for the therapy; again, something he'd never even ''contemplate'' doing post-season one. While Homer is somewhat called out on it later that episode, since most of the things he was ashamed of them doing were ''his'' fault in the first place, he shows a lot more devotion to his family here than in later seasons. Then again, Homer has yet to discover the joys of taking out the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, ect... mortgage which he does in later seasons.
** Regardless of how Homer turned out, he still proved that he loves his family despite his faults, in later seasons. For example, he is willing to work a 2nd job at the Kwik-E-Mart to afford shelter for "Lisa's Pony," suffer incredible pain while jumping Springfield Gorge in Bart's place, or filing for divorce just so he and Marge could have a proper wedding (the first one was a shotgun wedding in Vegas.)


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** Then again, getting wasted isn't exactly out of character for Marge. For example, she aids a felon friend in Ruth Powers in the Season 5 episode "Marge on the Lam," and becomes a gambling addict later that season when Mr. Burns opens a casino. While she escapes charges in the former, the latter is much more depressing because she neglects her family.
20th Feb '18 3:06:37 PM AmuckCricetine
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--> Bart: Whoa, look at this place. What a dump.
--> Homer: That's what you think. I just trampled this poor sap's flower bed. (laughs)
--> Marge: Homer, this is our house.
--> Homer: D'oh!

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--> Bart: -->'''Bart''': Whoa, look at this place. What a dump.
--> Homer: -->'''Homer''': That's what you think. I just trampled this poor sap's flower bed. (laughs)
--> Marge: -->'''Marge''': Homer, this is our house.
--> Homer: -->'''Homer''': D'oh!



%%* OutOfCharacterMoment: Even compared to the previous three episodes, Lisa and Marge (''especially'' Marge) feel... off.

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%%* * OutOfCharacterMoment: Even compared to the previous three episodes, Lisa and Marge (''especially'' Marge) feel... off.gets drunk and actually embarrasses Homer, who wants their family to be normal and appreciated by the rest of society. Part of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, of course. Really, the only ones who act in character are Bart and Maggie.
1st Feb '18 9:57:10 PM marcoasalazarm
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* TherapyBackfire: The episode has Homer insist the family go to a therapy session. They all blame him (although this might have been annoyance at [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness him having sold their TV to pay for it]]). Even escalating to '''electroconvulsive aversion therapy''' can stop the family from feuding with each other (if anything, they end up browning out the clinic and several surrounding blocks in the ensuing electroshock fight). Dr. Monroe gives up, refunds Homer's money, and begs them to never tell anybody that they visited the clinic.

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* TherapyBackfire: The episode has Homer insist the family go to a therapy session. They all blame him (although this might have been annoyance at [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness him having sold their TV to pay for it]]). Even escalating to '''electroconvulsive aversion therapy''' can can't stop the family from feuding with each other (if anything, they end up browning out the clinic and several surrounding blocks in the ensuing electroshock fight). Dr. Monroe gives up, refunds Homer's money, and begs them to never tell anybody that they visited the clinic.
1st Feb '18 9:53:54 PM marcoasalazarm
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* TherapyBackfire: The episode has Homer insist the family go to a therapy session. They all blame him (although this might have been annoyance at [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness him having sold their TV to pay for it]]).

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* TherapyBackfire: The episode has Homer insist the family go to a therapy session. They all blame him (although this might have been annoyance at [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness him having sold their TV to pay for it]]). Even escalating to '''electroconvulsive aversion therapy''' can stop the family from feuding with each other (if anything, they end up browning out the clinic and several surrounding blocks in the ensuing electroshock fight). Dr. Monroe gives up, refunds Homer's money, and begs them to never tell anybody that they visited the clinic.
5th Nov '17 1:41:33 PM jormis29
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** This episode is notably the ''last'' proper appearance of Homer's CatchPhrase "Let's all go out for some frosty chocolate milkshakes", a RunningGag from the ''Tracey Ullman'' era. Every time the show has referenced the line since, it has been a CallBack to how [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness old and weird]] it is.

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** This episode is notably the ''last'' proper appearance of Homer's CatchPhrase "Let's all go out for some frosty chocolate milkshakes", a RunningGag from the ''Tracey Ullman'' ''[[Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow Tracey Ullman]]'' era. Every time the show has referenced the line since, it has been a CallBack to how [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness old and weird]] it is.
5th Nov '17 6:54:00 AM Jubileus57
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* IllFatedFlowerbed: Homer does this, with a twist, while taking his family on a peeking tour of the neighborhood's houses.
--> Bart: Whoa, look at this place. What a dump.
--> Homer: That's what you think. I just trampled this poor sap's flower bed. (laughs)
--> Marge: Homer, this is our house.
--> Homer: D'oh!
3rd Nov '17 4:58:41 PM MattP5557
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** Homer's brief quotation of his mother made her out to be just as bitter and verbally abusive as his father (who hadn't even completely settled into that characterization yet) instead of the loving but [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] CoolOldLady they will eventually introduce.
8th Sep '17 10:25:42 AM Psi001
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* WouldHurtAChild: At least one member of the family pressed Maggie's switch in the shock therapy session.

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* WouldHurtAChild: At least one member of the family pressed Maggie's switch targeted one year old Maggie in the shock therapy session.
8th Sep '17 10:24:25 AM Psi001
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* EscalatingWar: What the shock therapy ultimately degrades into. Bart at first shocks Homer [[ItAmusedMe for the fun of it]], then Lisa, with both retaliating in kind. Quickly the whole family just start frantically shocking one another in a petty fight.
8th Sep '17 10:21:11 AM Psi001
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* WouldHurtAChild: At least one member of the family pressed Maggie's switch in the shock therapy session.
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